Habitat III. The upcoming UN cities summit is as important as the Paris Climate Conference – but will it deliver?


Quito, Ecuador: The Habitat III conference is held here on 17-20 October 2016 (Photo Credits: LonelyPlanet)

It is almost time.  One of the most important international summits is on our doorstep. Next week the UN General Assembly will be gathering in Quito, Ecuador to (hopefully) agree and sign the so called New Urban Agenda, the international urban “constitution” supposed to be guiding sustainable urban development in the next 20 years. Almost 40,000 participants from all around the world have registered. After the successful adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris agreement, expectations on the next UN cities summit are high. The question however is:  will it deliver? Will delegates agree on a meaningful outcome that ultimately provides guidance for national and local governments? Will it keep up to the promise to be the “SDG implementation summit”? In fact, the goals and principles of the SDGs and the Paris agreement will be confronted with a reality check  – since first and foremost much of their substance will have to be implemented by the cities of this world.

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October 13, 2016   No Comments

Seizing the Solar Energy Revolution in Tanzania

Ajuna Kagaruki in front of her house with the Solar Home System. Image by <a href="https://de.linkedin.com/in/carmen-rosa-fernández-01759219/en" target="_blank">Carmen Rosa</a>

A. Kagaruki in front of her house with SHS. Image by Carmen Rosa

When Ajuna Kagaruki and her husband built their new house in Mabwepande, a suburb of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, it was not an option to wait for the government to connect the area to the national grid. Instead, they decided to take action themselves in order to have electricity for their life with the three children. Today, a 120 kwh Solar Home System (SHS) lights the house, powers a TV and an iron and charges their mobile phones.

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August 19, 2016   No Comments

Breaking Silos: Exploring Synergies between Better Public Spaces and Regenerative Cities

surabaya foto

During the 3rd Session of the Preparatory Committee towards Habitat III held between 25th and 27th of July 2016 in Surabaya (Indonesia), the World Future Council in partnership with UN Habitat and UCLG ASAPAC hosted a side event exploring the linkages between public spaces and the regenerative city. The event was a call to adopt an integrated approach to public space planning, one that is able to fully grasp the wide-range of co-benefits that emerge from regenerating public spaces.

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August 1, 2016   No Comments